Books Acquired Recently

Bucknell, Clare. The Treasuries: Poetry Anthologies and the Making of British Culture. London: Head of Zeus, 2023. Poetry anthologies have literally been life-changing for me, so when I first saw on Twitter that Bucknell was writing this book a year or so ago I made a note to keep an eye out for it. IContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: AWP Edition

I attended AWP‘s annual conference this past week and came back with lots of books! Here’s what I got, with some explanatory notes as necessary. Akbar, Kaveh. Pilgrim Bell: Poems. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2021. I attended a panel that Akbar was part of and had him sign this book afterwards. He was incredibly sweet andContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: AWP Edition”

Some Thoughts About My New Pronouns

I have just switched pronouns from he/they to they/multitudes, so here are some thoughts about what this change means. 1. I have ambivalent feelings about “coming out” with my new pronouns because such an action is usually a burden foisted upon those of us who do not fit neatly within the strictures of cisgender heterosexuality.Continue reading “Some Thoughts About My New Pronouns”

Books Acquired Recently: Mennonite Edition

Beachy, Stephen. The Voice of Q. Amish Terror Book 4. San Diego: Vapor Books, 2021. I catch up on Beachy’s queer speculative fiction Amish Terror series whenever I can, so I just bought what is theoretically the penultimate book of the series (though it was originally going to be a trilogy, so who knows?). Hinz-Penner,Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Mennonite Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Canadian Mennonite Edition

Books published in Canada have been much harder to acquire in the U.S. since the pandemic started. Shipping fees have gone through the roof. But there are a few recent Mennonite books that I’ve been wanting to buy, so I made an order from McNally Robinson that arrived earlier this week. Brandt, Di. The SweetestContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Canadian Mennonite Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Chee, Alexander, ed. The Best American Essays 2022. Boston: Mariner, 2022. I always buy The Best American Essays, and saw that this year’s editor, Alexander Chee (whose work I love), was celebrating its release with a reading alongside some contributors at Book Culture the other night. So I bought my copy there and got itContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Cain, Amina. A Horse at Night: On Writing. St. Louis: Dorothy, a Publishing Project, 2022. I’ve read a few short pieces by Cain and was excited when I found out she had this book coming out. My pre-ordered copy just arrived. Hillman, Brenda. In a Few Minutes Before Later. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2022.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

I was in Manhattan to run a necessary but quick errand on 14th Street today, and thought I might as well stop by the Strand while I was in the neighborhood to make the trip more worthwhile. I bought these four books, all of which I’ve had my eye on. It was nice to buyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Abdelmahmoud, Elamin. Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. New York: Ballantine Books, 2022. I read about this book in an article in Poets & Writers and was intrigued by its subtitle. I’ve been struggling with the form of my own memoir (Is it essays? Is it a single narrative?), so I decided to buyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Back to School/Puerto Rican History Edition

This semester I’m teaching a course at Hunter College called Distinguished Living Writers, which examines the books of the authors reading in Hunter’s Distinguished Writers reading series during the semester. My copies of the books for the course just arrived (in Batuman’s case, I ordered her previous books as background research). Batuman, Elif. Either/Or. NewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Back to School/Puerto Rican History Edition”